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Broward Judge Claudia Robinson Resigns
Broward Judge Claudia Robinson Resigns-According to sources, Broward County Judge Claudia Robinson has resigned her position as county court judge, effective February 12th, 2018.
An internal courthouse letter sent out today by chief judge Jack Tuter to all judges in the circuit;
From: Jack Tuter Date: 2/1/18 4:10 PM To: ALL JUDGES
This is to advise Judge Claudia Robinson resigned today effective February 12, 2018. Judges Lee, Pole and Kanner are working on a plan to assure full coverage in Hollywood.
Thanks JT Source-J.A.A.B. Blog
She had faced a 30-day suspension without pay, based on the Judicial Qualifications Commission’s findings and recommendation of discipline, but last month On December 14th, The state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a motion with the state Supreme Court asking for that agreement to be put on hold while an investigative panel looks into as they put it, “additional matters.”
The judge, after she rose to the bench, named former “unpaid” campaign manager attorney Michael Ahearn, the default mediator in 245 mediation cases out of a total of approximately 296 cases, prompting the JQC complaint.
That’s approximately 80% of the total cases. She has admitted she violated The Judicial Code of Ethics.
Seems she would choose to resign rather than face the wrath of the Florida Supreme Court, like some other judges in Broward have chosen to due in the past.
The JQC’s looking into the additional matters more than likely had something to do with it. Since JQC complaints and proceedings are secret until they are concluded and formal charges are filed, we have no sure way to know.
The judge however would have been kept informed of the goings on of those proceedings. It’s possible she found out they were going to ask for her removal anyway.
Anyway you look at it;
It’s One More Corrupt Broward Judge Gone
It may not be completely over for the judge. The nature of the JQC complaint, alleged criminal activity rising to the level of felony.
What usually happens in these cases is the JQC will consider the resignation and drop the formal charges. The Florida Supreme Court will then dismiss the case. If all goes that way, and we expect it will, then that would probably leave the judge in a position to run again in the future for public office.
That now brings the total of number of judges in Broward disciplined, removed; or those that have resigned because of JQC, or Florida Supreme Court intervention since the year 2000 to sixteen.
For a relational comparison Miami-Dade has four, and Palm Beach county has two.
Confirming Source: Daily Business Review